SI's Coverage of John Wooden

SI looks back at nearly 50 years covering the Wizard of Westwood.

• Wizards In The Land Of Oz By Ray Cave, March 19, 1962 With help from a magical guard, a poet and a school principal, UCLA surprised the West and became the most intriguing entry in the NCAA basketball championship.

Five Midgets And A Wink At Nell By John Underwood, February 24, 1964 Johnny Wooden has parlayed those ingredients into the only unbeaten major college team in the country.

A Press That Panics Them All By Mervin Hyman, December 6, 1965 UCLA's swarming defensive style exhilarates spectators, upsets opponents and has carried the Bruins to two successive national titles. Now it has become all the rage, and college teams everywhere must prepare to handle the press, whether or not they play UCLA. Here some of the best brains in basketball discuss countermeasures.

The Two Faces Of The Rubber Man By Joe Jares, January 6, 1969 With or without Lew Alcindor, UCLA's gentle Johnny Wooden is a great coach. Which doesn't mean that everyone loves him.

Victory By Mystique By Joe Jaras, March 30, 1970 That special aura of success surrounding UCLA basketball -- the achievement of John Wooden -- surely did not hinder the Bruins at College Park, but the champions earned their glory and their title.

Court Trial For UCLA's New Gang By William F. Reed, January 10, 1972 The jury was still out. Then the Bruin sophomores met well-regarded Ohio State. Verdict: Wooden's boys are at it again.

Welcome To The Ball By William F. Reed, March 27, 1972 This year John Wooden and UCLA will be hosts for the annual NCAA party, which is sufficient in itself to produce hangovers among their guests even before the festivities begin.

Oh, Johnny, Oh, Johnny Oh! By Curry Kirkpatrick, April 3, 1972 Will he ever stop winning? John Wooden and his UCLA Bruins did it again, and almost everybody was happy except the rest of the country, which might like to swing to another tune, Just once.

After 88 Comes Zero By Barry McDermott, January 28, 1974 That is basketball's arithmetic as UCLA's winning streak is snapped in three tumultuous minutes that woke up the echoes at Notre Dame.

What A Wiz Of A Win It Was By Curry Kirkpatrick, April 7, 1975 Led by Richard Washington's 28 points, UCLA defeated Kentucky 92-85 to give John Wooden a wonderful retirement gift -- his 10th NCAA title.

Pursued By A Very Long Shadow By Sam Moses, November 17, 1975 John Wooden is formally retired, and Clean Gene Bartow has arrived at UCLA to coach against a legend.

The Team Of '64 By Frank Deford, March 26, 1979 UCLA was just one more school with a basketball team until seven players introduced the Bruins to the art of winning by going 30-0 and taking the NCAA title.

The March Of The Wooden Soldiers By Jack McCallum, April 16, 1984 Walt Hazzard becomes the fifth coach in a decade to try to reestablish John Wooden's championship tradition at UCLA

At The Wooden Summer Camp, The Coach Was More Than A Stick Figure By Jack McCallum, September 17, 1984 On his application form for the John Wooden Basketball Encounter, Bob McKay, a Los Angeles attorney, didn't hesitate when he came to the line marked DISEASES. "Slow, can't jump," wrote McKay.

Call Him Irreplaceable By Alexander Wolff, April 11, 1988 Nobody has been able to fill John Wooden's shoes at UCLA. Now the job is open again.

The Coach And His Champion By Alexander Wolff, April 3, 1989 John Wooden had 53 loving years with his wife, Nell. Now she's gone and he struggles alone.

Dynasty By Richard Hoffer, November 27, 1995 UCLA heroes from John Wooden's teams have begotten a basketball generation steeped in their mentor's methods.

Q&A: John Wooden By Richard Deitsch, March 31, 2003 At 92 the Wizard of Westwood -- who won 10 national titles at UCLA -- still has strong opinions on the game.

Birth Of A Dynasty By Alexander Wolff, March 19, 2007 Only after John Wooden challenged his own coaching methods--and applied new tactics to a headstrong mix of players in 1963--64--did he make his mark at UCLA.

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